Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome New Students! 

Welcome to Campus Event: Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Graduate Studies New Student Orientation for Summer and Fall 2024 is being held online in Canvas, the learning management system used at Case Western Reserve University. 

Grad Orientation is divided into asynchronous modules, which you can access anytime from anywhere with an internet connection. You may start and stop the modules at any point and continue where you stopped at any time. The modules include videos, slides, written content, and links designed to help prepare you as a graduate student at CWRU.

New students will receive an email when Orientation Modules are open later this summer. 


Welcome to Campus Events

Graduate Studies is hosting an in-person Welcome to Campus event on Tuesday, August 20 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (approximate times) where you can pick up your student ID card and RTA sticker, get a CWRU t-shirt, attend information sessions, and meet the Grad Studies staff and other students. More details will be posted later this summer.

We will also hold a Graduate Studies Welcome Zoom Session on Friday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 


ID Cards & RTA Stickers

If you will be on campus, you will need a student ID Card. You may submit your photo online or have your photo taken and get your ID card** at Access Services located in the Tinkham Veale University Center.

After receiving your ID card, you can pick up your RTA sticker at the Welcome to Campus event or from the Grad Studies office: Tomlinson Hall, room 203, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm beginning on Wednesday, August 21.

**Please have a photo-ID ready to show (driver’s license, state ID card, passport/visa) in order to pick up your new student ID.


Technology Resources for Accessing Orientation Materials

The Single Sign-On (SSO) service allows you to enter your CWRU network ID and passphrase to access multiple resources within the Case Western Reserve University. (Your assigned network ID is your initials and several numbers, for example: abc123)

Student Resources for Canvas

CampusGroups is CWRU’s community engagement platform. Make sure you are set-up to receive email notifications from CampusGroups so you don’t miss important information.

Zoom Video Conferencing: online video conferencing available at CWRU. Experience cloud video conferencing, online meetings, group messaging and a virtual conference room solution in one. It works on an easy-to-use platform across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms and H.323/SIP room systems.

Off-Campus Virtual Private Network (VPN): use the VPN when connected to a public network, such as a coffeehouse’s Wi-Fi, to secure and encrypt your communications. VPN is required when accessing certain university resources, such as library resources and databases from off-campus locations. Download the software

**If you are having trouble connecting to university resources online, we recommend that you use VPN. This may be especially important for students currently living in other countries.**

[U]Tech (University Technology): browse for do-it-yourself training resources at Click "Live Chat" to instant message with a [U]Tech technician. View the self-help videos and more.

[U]Tech Service Desk: call 216.368.HELP (4357) or email for immediate technical assistance any time - day or night.


We look forward to the start of the semester and seeing you on-campus or online!

Please reach out to us if you have questions.

Spring 2024 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course at this link.

Summer and Fall 2023 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course at this link.

Spring 2023 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course at this link.

Summer and Fall 2022 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course at this link.